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Monday, November 9, 2020

Idle thoughts and, indeed, second thoughts of an idle fellow

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It is a most remarkable thing. I sat down with the full intention of writing something clever and original; but for the life of me I can't think of anything clever and original - at least, not at this moment."

Which is exactly what I wanted to write, except that Jerome K. Jerome, that master of the inconsequential who also wrote "Three Men in a Boat", had beat me to it in his first of altogether fourteen "idle thoughts", entitled "On being hard up". [Keep reading here]

His "mental food" for the English-speaking peoples of the earth" ranges from "On being in the blues" and "On being idle" to "On memory" - a rather hot topic at my CRAFTy age. Not that Jerome K. Jerome (the "K.", by the way, stands for "Klapka" which might explain why he kept it such a secret) took it all that seriously. As he wrote in the preface, "What readers asks now-a-days in a book is that it should improve, instruct, and elevate. This book wouldn't elevate a cow" - but it certainly has impeccable punctuation as demonstrated by the Oxford comma after "instruct". Jerome Klapka, you're my man!

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These are books to be dipped into and laughed over during lazy summer days along the Clyde, in the garden or indeed in front of the fire in mid-winter. As Jerome so self-deprecatingly wrote, "... when you get tired of reading 'the best hundred books', you may take this up for half an hour. It will be a change." A friend just did. Thanks for the suggestion, Chris!

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Other books by Jerome K. Jerome:
Three Men in a Boat
Three men on the Bummel
They and I
Told After Supper
Passing of the third floor back
The street of the blank wall, and other stories
Idle ideas in 1905
Three men on Wheels
Diary Of A Pilgrimage
All Roads Lead To Calvary
Sketches in Lavender, Blue, and Green
My Life and Times
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